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Scott Wolfe’s 11-pointer

November 13, 2008

Illinois hunting and fishing

Trophy Tidbits

Scorable Points: 11

Kill Date: Nov. 13, 2008

County: Knox

Season: Bow

Scott Wolfe may want to take a camera crew with him every time he goes bow hunting.

The 41-year old has been bow hunting since 1986, but his two biggest kills have come in the last two years. And both of those were caught on camera.

The latest big buck for Wolfe came Nov. 13, 2008 when the Savanna resident ventured down to Knox County to film a hunt for Archers Choice, a television show on the Outdoors Network.

Wolfe was invited as one of the field staff — or “The Posse” as the TV crew calls them — by land owner Darrell Smith, the president of Illinois Whitetails and The Hunting Connection.

After a good meal, the team made its way to the site at about 2:30 p.m. Wolfe was paired with Archers Choice full-time staffer Joe Rush. Since Rush does not get the chance to hunt much, Wolfe thought he would be nice and take the first short day hunt and have Rush film. The two would switch once Wolfe found success.

“I just thought it was going to be a throwaway day, to be honest,” Wolfe said of a very windy first afternoon of a five-day hunt.

Even so, Wolfe was excited to hunt the land, especially after hearing another big buck was harvested just hours earlier by Grand Rapids, Mich. native Aaron DeHaan.

Wolfe settled into his tree stand and it wasn’t long before he spotted the big buck.

“I glassed him and saw he was a good deer, but to be honest with you, I had no idea he was as good as he was,” Wolfe said. “I didn’t look at the antlers again once he started heading our way. I knew he was a shooter.”

The big buck worked himself into the corner of the field.

“He basically had three choices, left, straight or right and he needed to come right — which he did. He worked his way toward us and when he was 40-50 yards away, he briefly entered the timber.”

That’s when Wolfe reached for his grunt call to run him in, thinking the buck might head off.

“It was right there where it always is, but in the excitement I couldn’t find it. That turned out to be a blessing in disguise, because he would have probably come in on alert then.”

The buck rubbed his head on some low hanging limbs and then turned around into the field, toward Wolfe.

“The next thing you know, he’s 22 yards away broadside, standing right in front of us,‘“said Wolfe, who uses a Hoyt Katera XL. ” hit him. And actually the first thing I said to the camerman was, ‘Oh, I think I hit him too low.’ But the camerman zoomed in and said, ‘No, the deer’s pumping out blood big-time.’‘

The buck bolted into the cornfield straight away from Wolfe and Rush, ran out to about 60 yards and stopped.

“He looked back and started the ‘tippy-dance’ right away and it was over just that quick,” said Wolfe, whose kill shot struck the deer by the crease, just behind the heart. “I hit him good. He died right in view of us. From the time I hit him, until the time he was laying on the ground was about 10 seconds.”

Removing the 288-pound deer proved to be a chore. The farmer had just put up an electric fence dividing the field into two halves and the hunting team found itself on the wrong side of the fence. It took five people to drag the deer away.

The buck was green scored at 174 5/8 inches, with 11 scorable points and a 9-point main frame. The buck had 8.5-inch brow tines and a little over a 21-inch inside spread. It also field dressed at 240 pounds.

Footage from the hunt is expected to be played next summer on the Archer’s Choice television show.

“That’s beautiful area and I hope to come back soon,” Wolfe said.

And bring a camera crew along, no doubt.

Wolfe was hunting with Illinois Whitetails and with guide Jason Forck of East Peoria (pictured at left in the picture below).

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